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SpicyIP Tidbit: Head hunting for the Intellectual Property Office begins


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The appointment procedure for a new Controller General at the IPO is underway ! Last week, the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) issued a notice inviting applications for the post of Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks (CGPDTM). You may read the notice here. This also means that Chaitanya Prasad, the current CGPDTM will be leaving office soon. Chaitanya Prasad joined the IP Office in March 2012. He had succeeded the illustrious P.H. Kurien (who was credited…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (10th to 16th November, 2014)


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The week with the Dasatinib CL Controversy The week’s SpicyIP highlight of the week was Shamnad Sir’s post on the Dasatinib CL controversy. He writes about the various methods that are available to get an otherwise unaffordable drug within the reach of the masses and also brings to light a scoop that we had obtained containing a few questions that the DIPP had asked the Health Ministry, strongly indicating a restrictive interpretation of S.92. He concludes his post wondering why…


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2014 Access to Medicines Index- GSK Leads; Overall Improvement in Performance of Pharma Industry


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The Access to Medicines Foundation, a Dutch NGO has released its biennial Access to Medicines Index for the year 2014, on November 17th, 2014. The Index analysis the top 20 pharmaceutical companies in the world and ranks them according to their efforts in improving Access to Medicines. GSK has emerged on top for the fourth time in a row, followed by Novo Nordisk.  Sanofi and Pfizer have fallen most significantly in rankings. (See SpicyIP’s coverage of the 2008 Index here)….


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Breaking News!! DHC fixes interim royalty rates, last date of trial in Ericsson/Micromax FRAND case


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A Single Judge of the Delhi High Court passed a judgment on the interim applications pending in the patent infringement suit filed by Ericsson (Telefonaktienolaget LM Ericsson) against Micromax and Mercury Electronics on the 12th of November, 2014. The judgment covers two main points: first, it sets the royalty rate to be paid during the pendency of the case [brings it down from 1.25-2% to 0.8-1.3%], and, secondly, it fixes 31st December as the final date for the trial of the…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Comments invited in respect of draft IPR policy


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In early November, we had reported that an IPR think tank has been constituted by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) to advise the Government on patent issues and to draft a national IPR policy for India; the think tank constitutes the following persons: Prathiba Singh, senior advocate; Punita Bhargava, advocate, Inventure IP; Unnat Pandit, Cadila Pharmaceuticals; Rajeev Srinivasan, director, Asian school of business; and Narendra Sabharwal, retired DDG, WIPO. The panel would be headed by Justice Prabha…


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US IP Lobby’s scheduled meet with Indian judiciary raises Conflict of Interest concerns


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In a rather worrying development, it appears that US-based “Intellectual Property Owners Association” (IPO), possibly in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), has arranged a series of exclusive meetings with members of the Indian Judiciary, the Intellectual Property Appellate Board, Custom officials and Intellectual Property Offices in Delhi and Chennai. Despite its innocuous sounding title, the IPO’s Innovation Dialog Trip to India (Nov 16 – 21) is a big cause for concern. As this ToI article points out, “The delegation…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Top selling medicine brands may soon become cheaper


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  The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) is all set to slash the prices of popular medicines for stress, hypertension, HIV, pain and pneumonia. The move seeks to cover as many as 100 new drugs and would apply to drugs of varying strengths; for example, NPPA regulates the price of only one strength of Paracetamol currently, but the NPPA intends to control the pricing of all strengths of Paracetamol available in the market. This is the second time that NPPA…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Prof N.S.Gopalakrishnan reinstated as MHRD Chair


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With more good news on the IP front – the renowned Prof. N.S. Gopalakrishnan has been reinstated as the Union Ministry for Human Resource Development (MHRD) Chair for IP at the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT). Readers may remember that nearly a year ago, Prof Gopalakrishan was arbitrarily dismissed from the MHRD IP Chair; shortly thereafter Prof Yogesh Pai was also removed from the MHRD IP Chair from NLU-Jodhpur. We had also put together a petition protesting against…


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Infosys Prize 2014 – Congratulations Prof Basheer!


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We are absolutely delighted to hear that Prof Shamnad Basheer has recently been selected as one of six winners for the Infosys Prize, 2014, for his work in IP as well as in legal education. The Infosys Prize, administered by the Infosys Science Foundation and now in its 6th year, honours ‘high-caliber researchers [under the age of 50] for impactful contributions to their fields’ – and ‘impact’ is certainly something that that Shamnad has had – be it in bridging theory…


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9th Pan European Intellectual Property Summit, 2014 at Brussels on December 4th &5th


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We are pleased to bring to your attention the 9th Pan European Intellectual Property Summit that is scheduled to be held at Brussels on December 4 and 5, 2014. Organised by the think tank, Premier Cercle, the Summit has 130+ speakers and 600+ delegates from 50+ countries. The participants come from a wide range of areas including corporate participants, representatives of Governments, institutions, NGOs, lawyers, academicians and other IP Service Providers. The Summit is dedicated to discussing the latest topics…


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